TOP 3 MICROBREWERIES IN QUITO
SABAI – CUMBAYA ECUADOR
Things have moved pretty quickly for Sabai Brewery; from their humble beginnings as a start-up in a garage, to being one of the hottest spots in the Cumbayá valley. This one is amongst the most sought after brands in the beer consuming market. Sabai’s journey began in 2010 when Javier Salas, founder of the brand, began making home brewed beer. Before it even had a label, this delicious beer began to be tasted by Javier’s close friends and family, with the intention of becoming a premium quality standard for the most demanding palates.
Sabai’s microbrewery is located in a trendy area where many events take place during the year. Sabai’s famous beer garden gathers many beer lovers who enjoy a wide variety of beers; as well as gourmet burgers and the fresh sounds of local bands. It is a perfect hotspot for a cold beer for after office hours, straight from the keg and served to you personally by Javier or one of his partners!
ANDES BREWING CO
“The flying pig” beer (as it is known to locals), is without a doubt one of the pioneer brands in the Ecuadorian artisanal beer market. As Julio, its founder, says: “the flying pig is a symbol of how the impossible can happen and is even hard to believe”. This is how his beer has been tasted all around the World by master brewers, venturing on the different beer types: English, German and Irish.
As part of the brand positioning strategy, Andes Brewing Co. holds many events through-out the year in which burgers, beers and blues are the main characters of many afternoons in which beer lovers enjoy their Andes brew.
This beer house, or should we rather say beer chapel is located in Quito’s historic Old Town. It is found amongst colonial buildings, squares and churches, in a Spanish building that dates from the 1850’s. It offers six taps of beautifully crafted beers, delicious handmade pizza made with fresh ingredients, an assortment of sandwiches and more delicious goodness that trap taste buds both locally as well as globally.
This “pit stop” is certainly a must in a tour through the historical city center. Their seasonal brews are also an important choice to make.